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(Hardware Pictures) Naked TU116! :O

I had to do it. I absolutely had to take some better snaps of TU116 after I essentially botched the previous attempt (with a GTX 1660 Non-Super) and was too anxious to take the cooler off again - then sold that card.

But since I now have two TU116-based graphics cards, a GTX 1660 Super and a GTX 1650 Super; I am spoiled for choice as to strip down another TU116 card and take some lovely pictures of that lovely little Graphics Processing Unit!

Of course, I chose to take apart my GTX 1650 Super, because this card is extremely simple. It's a low-cost design with no thermal pads/contact for the VRM or memory chips. It consists entirely of a large block of Aluminium atop the GPU die with four screws holding the entire Heatsink/fan assembly/shroud onto the board. As such, it was extremely easy to take apart; and most importantly; put back together.

It's also the lower value of the two boards (by ~£50), so it was a bit less stressful. Anyway, this time I got some great pictures and I will finally update my long-neglected Hardware Gallery section.

Oh! I will also add a GPU profile for both cards; though for the 1660 Super - it will be mostly copy and paste of the Non-Super GTX 1660; since these two boards are identical except for the use of GDDR6 14Gbps chips on the Super (vs GDDR5 8Gbps on the non-super).

Sash note on 1650 Super PCB:

It's interesting to note that the GTX 1650 Super PCB has spaces for 6 memory chips; indicating it was designed for a 192-bit memory interface. TU116 is natively (fully enabled) 192-bit so you'd be forgiven for thinking that this PCB was also used for the fully enabled 1660 Ti and the almost fully enabled 1660 series; but that is not the case.

The 1660 series use boards built for 256-bit GPUs; like TU106, with 8 solder points, 6 of which are populated. So this 4/6 PCB as seen below is a bit odd, as it isn't used on any (that I know of) full 192-bit boards based on TU116. Since even the 2060 non-super, with its TU106 die cut back to 192-bit uses the same 6/8 design as the 1660 series.

The only other GPU in this lower segment is TU117, in the 1650 non-super (base version) which itself is a 128-bit GPU natively only needing 4 chips!

Without further ado! The pictures!

TU116-250-KB-A1. Note the two unused solder points for GDDR6 memory; GTX 1650 Super is configured with only 4x 32bit PHY enabled out of 6, hence the presence of only 4 GDDR6 chips on 128bit.

Pusheen Approves!

SD Card for scale.

My Index Finger for scale.

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